Vavricek Makes Recommendations for City Council Vacancies

Mark Stelk

Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek has announced his recommendations to fill the city's two open city council seats.

Kenton Mann was recommended to fill the vacant city council position for Ward 1. Mark Stelk was recommended for the Ward 2 opening.

"Kent Mann and Mark Stelk both are long-time members of the community and their history of contributions, dynamic leadership, and commitment to Grand Island can easily be seen when looking at their chosen career fields and extensive involvement in the community," said Vavricek.

He said the selection process was shared between residents and council members who interviewed applicants and provided feedback. The mayor added that the selection process was open and fair.

The mayor's recommendations will be brought before the city council before approval on Jan. 28. After approval, both men's terms would begin immediately and last until December 2016.

Mann is an associate professor of practice for the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Before that he served as Grand Island Public School's high school principal. Additionally, Mann has graduated from the Community Police Academy and Leadership Tomorrow, and has served on the Heartland United Way Board of Directors.

Stelk owns and manages General Collection in downtown Grand Island and is currently on the board of directors for the Downtown Business Improvement District, Sunrise Rotary and the Goodwill Foundation.

He has also previously served on the boards of the Heartland United Way and Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

Vavricek said, "Kent and Mark have an understanding of the ever-changing needs of our community and will no doubt help lead Grand Island to an even bigger and better place than it is today."